I've recently fallen in love with a kitchen gadget or maybe I should call it a tool - I don't know. Since starting my paleo adventure in January I've been looking for a good noodle/pasta substitute. There are a number of paleo blogs that recommended this veggie noodle maker, so I ordered it. I used it once or twice and then.....it broke. It was probably user error. I am the worst gadget user in the history of gadgets. The worst thing was that I actually really really loved the zucchini noodles I made with it, so I was back to square one looking for a new veggie noodle maker - preferably one less complicated for the gadget user impaired.
I popped into Williams Sonoma and the super helpful sales lady introduced me to my new best friend - the Ghidini Dual Blade Peeler. Yes, it's a peeler - which means even my 7 year old could use it!
Angels sing! It's amazeballs! There are two different Ghidini peelers - one is red and one is green - the green one is my favorite. It's a dual sided peeler that reverses to a julienne blade which is super great for turning zucchini, yellow squash, carrots and sweet potatoes into noodles. It's so easy to use and comfortable to handle.
It allows me to easily throw italian inspired meals together. I don't miss the pasta at all. When making zucchini noodles I boil them in salted water the same way you would cook pasta.
Then top them with whatever you like. I've been loving this super light creamy chicken with cherry tomatoes.
Here's the quick recipe if you'd like to give it a try:
2 tbsp grass fed butter
4 to 5 cloves of garlic chopped
1 small 6 oz can of coconut cream
1 tbsp of dried basil
2 chicken breasts chopped into 1 inch chunks
2 dozen cherry tomatoes
pinch of salt
In a skillet heat 2 tbsp of butter and add the chopped garlic. When the garlic starts to sizzle add the chicken. Once the chicken is cooked add the coconut cream, dried basil and cherry tomatoes. Add a pinch of salt. Serve over cooked veggies like zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. It's a great summer pasta substitute - light and satisfying - and super quick to prepare!
My new bff also does a bang up job with sweet potatoes!
If you follow me on instagram you know I made a paleo version of chili mac.
As you can see from the picture the sweet potato noodles turn into somewhat of a hash when cooked. This was the easiest-to-prepare meal I've made in a while. This chili has 2 ingredients - 1.5 lbs. of chorizo (I buy mine from Whole Foods) and one 15 oz. can of tomato sauce. I cooked the sweet potato noodles in 2 tbsp. of coconut oil. It was the greatest blend of spicy and sweet - scrumptious - and so so quick and easy!
My little hand held veggie noodle maker makes preparing these kinds of meals so easy. This little peeler works like a champ, and is so much easier to use than a grater or that other noodle maker gadget thing I tried. This was the best $9.95 I've ever spent.
I'm not being paid or perked to promote this awesomeness. I just wanted to pass along this tip for anyone that might be interested in playing with their vegetables.
Have you tried veggie noodles? Did you already know about my new bff - Mrs. Green Ghidini?